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Homer Bailey scratched from spring start with groin strain


The Cincinnati Reds made a $100 million investment in starting pitcher Homer Bailey this off-season. As such, they are taking precaution with a minor injury he suffered this past week.

John Fay reports that the Reds have scratched Bailey from his scheduled Spring Training start on Saturday due to a mild groin strain.

It sounds like the injury should not be much more than a blip on the radar, but with Mat Latos also working his way back from injury the Reds are smart not to take any chances. Bailey should be ready to go for his next start and in plenty of time for Opening Day.

At age 27, Bailey is coming off a career-best season in terms of ERA (3.49), innings pitched (209), and K/9 (8.6). While those numbers did not yield the number of wins Bailey or the Reds would have hoped (11-12 on the year), they still give indications that Bailey is in line to win 15+ games and anchor the Reds rotation for years to come.

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